The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree program offering several Areas of Specialization in the College of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the DNP Program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Note for International Applicants: Due to the level of Internet-based course work in the DNP program, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

Admission to all DNP programs—except the Nurse Anesthetist DNP program—is offered only for the fall semester. The Nurse Anesthetist DNP program offers only summer session admission with a deadline of June 6.

  • Fall semester (all programs except Nurse Anesthesia)
    • Deadline: Feb. 1 to begin fall for both the 3-year plan of study and 4-year plan of study
  • Summer session—not offered
  • Spring semester—not offered
Application Procedures

The graduate application process has two steps

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students. You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

GRE scores are not required for this program.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Supplemental Information form
  • Resume
  • Copy of RN license
  • Statement of Disclosure


The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials to send to Admissions

  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment.
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.


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